HSS 1100

Microbiology and Immunology

University of Ottawa

This couse provides a foundation of infectious diseases. Basic microbiology, virology and immunology will be introduced within an interdisciplinary health context.

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HSS 1100 Syllabus for William Yan — Fall 2018

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University of Ottawa
Faculty of Health Sciences
Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences
Course Syllabus
Fall 2018
Part 1: Course Information
Course Identification
Title: Microbiology and Immunology
Prefix/Section: HSS1100B
Credits: 3
Begins/Ends: September 11th,2018 / December 4th, 2018
Meeting Day/Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm 9:50 pm
Last Day to Withdraw: Check University calendar
Delivery Type: Classroom
Class Location: STM 224
Course Website: uOttawa.Brightspace.com
Instructor Information
Instructor name: William Yan, PhD.
Office Location: Rm E345 Banting Building, Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa
Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Telephone: 613-948-8478
E-mail: William.Yan@canada.ca (response within 24 hours during weekdays)
or wyan@uottawa.ca (response within 48 hours weekdays)
Course Description
This course provides a foundation of infectious diseases. Basic microbiology,
virology and immunology will be introduced within an interdisciplinary health
Prerequisite: None
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Textbook & Course Materials
Required Text
Detailed Course Notes and Powerpoint presentations are available on
Recommended Texts & Other Readings
Optional Reference Textbook BROCK BIOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS (14th
Edition), Madigan et al., Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
Course Requirements
Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
Access to “BrightBrightspace at the beginning of the term.
To access the course website, you must log into Brightspace.
To login, type in your student number and your password.
Technical Assistance
If you have problems with your password, call the Centre for Mediated Teaching and
Learning at 613-562-5777.
Sessional Dates
Start of the Semester: September 5th, 2018
Beginning of classes: September 11th, 2018
Reading week: October 21st 27th, 2018
Last day of classes: December 4th, 2018
Final Exam period: TBD (Exam period December 7th 21st, 2018)
Please note: Final exam date is not flexible. Travel/holiday plans will
NOT be accommodated. DO NOT book travel within the final exam
Important Note: This syllabus, along with course assignments and due
dates, are subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to check
Brightspace for corrections or updates to the syllabus. Any changes will be
clearly noted in course announcement or through Brightspace email.
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Part 2: Course Objectives
General Learning Objectives
Year 1 objective: Students will learn the fundamentals of microbiology and
immunology in preparation for future explorations within a broader context.
General learning objectives
By the end of this course, students can be expected to
1. Demonstrate knowledge about mechanisms of immunity and immune
2. Describe pertinent microbes that typically play a role in human disease;
3. Describe the principles of infection control and mechanisms of disease
transmission and control;
4. Demonstrate familiarity with lab techniques relevant to the discipline; and
5. Describe the role of health professionals in the field of microbiology and
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Part 3: Topic Outline/Schedule
September 11th, 2018
- General Principles of microbiology
- Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
September 18th, 2018
- Antibiotic Resistance
- Immunity to Infection
- Immunization (Vaccination)
September 25th, 2018
- General principles of diagnostic microbiology
October 2nd, 2018
- Gram-positive cocci
- Gram-negative cocci
October 9th, 2018
First Midterm Exam
October 16th, 2018
- Gram-positive bacilli
- Gram-negative bacilli
October 23rd, 2018
Reading Week no class
October 30th, 2018
- Mycobacteria
- Spirochetes
- Chlamydia, Mycoplasmas
- Mycotic (Fungal) Infections
November 6th, 2018
- Parasitic Infections
November 13th, 2018
Second Midterm Exam
November 20th, 2018
- General characteristics of viruses
- Respiratory Viruses
- Enteric Viruses
- Viruses causing diarrhea
- Viruses causing exanthems
November 27th, 2018
- Viruses causing glandular enlargement
- Viruses infecting the CNS
- AIDS and HIV
December 4th, 2018
- Nosocomial Infection & Hospital Infection Control
- Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization
- Review
Part 4: Grading Policy
First Midterm Exam (20%) Multiple Choice and Short Answer questions covering
material up to and including Gram-positive cocci and Gram-negative cocci.
Second Midterm Exam (30%) Multiple Choice and Short Answer questions covering
material from Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacilli up to and including Parasites.
Final Exam (50%) Cumulative on entire course with focus on material related to
viruses, nosocomial infection, hospital infection control, cleaning, disinfection and
sterilization (Multiple Choice and Short Answer questions)
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All three exams are required to be completed. Failure to do so will result in a Final
Grade of EIN.
Late Work Policy
Be sure to pay close attention to deadlinesthere will be no makeup
assignments or quizzes, or late work accepted without a serious and
compelling reason and instructor approval. A student who misses an
examination because of medical reasons must provide a valid medical note,
and must email the professor before the exam and confirm that it has been
received. All other reasons for missing an examination must be discussed with
the course professor at least a week before the examination. Each case will
be considered on an individual basis. A student who misses an examination
without a valid reason and prior permission will receive a grade of zero on
that examination.
Please note: the following types of reasons are not valid to miss an exam:
“I booked a train ticket to go home and I can’t get my money back”
“I have 3 other mid-terms that week and won’t have time to study”
“I lost all my notes
“I couldn’t get all the readings”
Viewing Grades in Brightspace
Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to Brightspace.
Grades will be posted within 2 weeks following each exam.
Letter Grade Assignment
Final grades assigned for this course will be based on the percentage of total
marks earned and are assigned as follows:
Letter Grade
Scale Value
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Letter Grade
Scale Value
Passing grades
At the undergraduate level, the passing grade is usually set at D.
At the Faculty of Education, the passing grade is C.
At the School of Nursing, the passing grade is C+ for six clearly specified courses.
At the Faculty of Engineering, the passing grade is D+ for all level-2000 courses and
At the graduate-studies level, the passing grade is C+.
** Important: Grades are not negotiable. **
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Part 5: Academic Fraud and Plagiarism
Academic fraud http://www.uottawa.ca/academic-regulations/academic-
Academic fraud is an act by a student that may result in a false academic evaluation
of that student or of another student. These include:
Not work of the student: academic paper, an essay, a test, an exam, a
research report (written or oral)
Presents research data that has been falsified/concocted;
Attributes a statement of fact or reference to a concocted source;
Submits same piece of work or significant part thereof for more than one
Falsifies an academic evaluation, forged or falsified academic record;
Undertakes any other action for the purpose of falsifying an academic
Possible repercussions of academic fraud:
Letter written by the dean
Dossier will go to the faculty committee for review
Sanction by the faculty committee can be recommended
Dossier can go to the executive where a decision is made
Dossier may to the university committee where a decision is made
Student may receive a mark of 0 on the work; may receive a mark of 0 for
the course; and in extreme circumstances, be expelled from the school
Plagiarism - http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/writing/kit/plagiarism.pdf
Please do not copy work from other people and pass it off as your own! Reference all
information that does not come from your own head, even if it’s from an email or a
conversation you had with someone. If you are using a direct quote, remember to
include quotation marks and the source reference.
Important Note
Any form of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, may be
reported to the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences.
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Part 6: The University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa will not tolerate any act of sexual violence. This includes acts
such as rape and sexual harassment, as well as misconduct that take place without
consent, which includes cyberbullying. The University, as well as various employee and
student groups, offers a variety of services and resources to ensure that all uOttawa
community members have access to confidential support and information, and to
procedures for reporting an incident or filing a complaint. For more information, please
visit http://www.uOttawa.ca/sexual-violence-support-and-prevention/.
Part 7: Class Code of Conduct
Here we will strive to create and maintain a positive and productive learning
environment in which all persons treat each other with respect and courtesy.
Honesty and integrity
I will adhere to and demonstrate the highest level of honesty in all
academic activities, including examinations and evaluations
I will in no way unfairly attempt to advance my academic standing, nor
will I be a party to any such attempts, or assist another student to do
so. I will neither provide nor make any attempt to obtain any
information, or assist anyone else in doing so, prior to, during or after
any examination
Altruism and Respect
I will strive to demonstrate the highest standards of ethical and
professional behavior in all academic settings
I will refrain from any form of discrimination based on race, religion,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical impairment,
age or illness. I will avoid sexual and all other forms of exploitation of
members of the University of Ottawa, including abuse, harassment or
I will display and expect non-discriminatory and respectful behaviour
towards and from my peers, teachers and support staff
I will use appropriate salutations and methods of address for all email
correspondence, and provide my full name and student number
I will address my academic concerns in a respectful manner with my
professor, and not with other members of the University community
(ie. dean, director).
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Responsibility and Accountability
I will demonstrate an ability to work independently while accepting
direction from those charged with my supervision
I will acknowledge and recognize my strengths and limitations and I
will seek assistance as necessary
I will demonstrate accessibility, attendance, punctuality and
I will present and conduct myself in a dignified, respectful and
professional manner while functioning in an official capacity
I will accept and be accountable for my performance in this course and
not attempt to rely on negotiation to improve my class standing
I will contact the professor via formal email procedures immediately
upon missing quizzes, midterms or exams due to illness or other valid
Dedication and Self-Improvement
I will continuously strive to develop my knowledge, skills and
I will promote and uphold the educational standards of the Health
Sciences Program
I will assess my educational progress and determine my learning
I will pursue self-education through the use of appropriate resources
and I will prepare myself for all learning sessions
I will seek further instruction in areas of both strength and weakness
I will demonstrate a willingness to teach and share in the learning process with
my peers, staff and faculty and as such promote the student-teacher relationship
and not abuse this trust for personal gain
I will seek help from colleagues and appropriately qualified professionals for
personal problems that adversely affect my education.
Cell Phones / Pagers/Blackberries
Use of cell phones in class is not permitted; they must be turned off or set to vibrate
mode. Pagers are permitted provided that ringers are silenced.
No recording (audio, video) of lectures is permitted unless special permission is given.
Noise and Conversation
Please refrain from conversations and discussion during lectures out of consideration for
both the professor and your classmates.
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Part 8: Students Resources
Mentoring Centre https://sass.uottawa.ca/en/mentoring
Academic Writing Help Centre - http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/writing/
Career Services - http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/careers/
Counselling Service- http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/personal/
Access Service - http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/access/
Student Resources Centres

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